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Trail Running

Estes Park is one of the top trail running locations in the US – challenging, inspiring, and breathtaking.

It has miles and miles of trails ranging from easy to extremely challenging with majestic views on all sides.  The Colorado Rocky Mountains are known for 300 days a year of sunshine, and clean, clear air – a runner’s paradise!

Trail running is a great way to enjoy nature, explore, and get exercise.

In Rocky Mountain National Park trail elevations range from 7,630 feet at the Big Thompson River to 14,259 feet at the summit of Longs Peak with 355 miles of trails to explore.

With so many beautiful trails in Rocky Mountain National Park, there’s a trail for every trail runner.  Suggestion:  Look at trails in the areas of Glacier Gorge , Cub Lake loop, and Lumpy Ridge loop, or Lily Lake & Twin Sisters for great views of Longs Peak.  The trail to the summit of Deer Mountain is a great winter/spring run.

For a scenic, enjoyable 3.6 mile loop, run to Emerald Lake from the Bear Lake Trailhead, but in summer go early and/or on a weekday because this is a popular trailhead with hikers.

Weekly  year round Tuesday evening Fun Runs start at the Stanley Hotel and head out for 3-5 mile runs.

In 2019 Estes Park hosts the annual US Trail Running Conference October 9-12, sponsored by Active at Altitude.  The first two days focus on trail race directors and the last day on trail runners with guest speakers, star athletes, workshops, and product demos.

Active at Altitude Running Camps  are scheduled for May and September.

Races in Estes Park in June include the Estes Park Marathon and Half Marathon’s 5K race along the flat Lake Estes trail.

The Estes Epic Ultra Run will be Sept. 1 and goes for 55K.

The Estes Trail Ascent (4 or 6.5 miles) will be run on Oct. 6.

Register early for these events as spots are limited!